Britney Spears has released her highly anticipated memoir, The Woman In Me, where she opens up about her own struggles and sheds light on the alleged abuse faced by her family members. In the bombshell book, the pop superstar accuses her paternal grandfather, June Spears Sr., of sexually assaulting her aunt when she was just 11 years old. Britney reveals that her family had a history of mistreating women, with her grandfather fathering ten children with three wives.
According to Britney, her paternal grandmother Jean was sent to a mental asylum in Mandeville, where she was administered the same psychiatric drug that Britney herself would later be medicated with during her controversial conservatorship. Tragically, Jean took her own life years later at the grave of her deceased son. Britney acknowledges that while she did not personally witness the abuse her grandfather inflicted on his children, she claims that he softened as he got older.
An investigation conducted by New York Magazine in 2022 corroborated Britney's claims, with her aunt Leigh Ann Spears Wrather publicly alleging that she had been sexually and physically abused by June Spears. Wrather recalls incidents where her grandfather would make her perform sexual acts on the way home from church, where he served as a Deacon. Britney suggests that the abusive tendencies displayed by her grandfather were inherited by her father, Jamie Spears, who famously placed her under a restrictive conservatorship for 13 years.
During her conservatorship, Britney was subject to intense scrutiny, with her every action monitored and controlled. She reveals that she was forced to take birth control and medication against her will. In her memoir, Britney recounts how her father arrogantly declared "I'm Britney Spears now" after assuming control of her life and finances. While she does not accuse her father of sexual abuse, the memoir sheds light on the controlling and tyrannical nature of their relationship.
Despite Jamie Spears stating that he will not be reading Britney's memoir, fans have eagerly embraced the opportunity to hear her story in her own words. The book has already become the highest-selling celebrity memoir in history, marking a significant milestone for the pop icon. Britney, who expressed gratitude to her supportive fans, celebrated the book's success on Instagram. The memoir is available in both print and audiobook formats, with the latter being narrated by actress Michelle Williams.
Britney Spears' memoir courageously brings to light the alleged abuse endured by her family members, shedding new light on the singer's personal struggles and the controlling nature of her conservatorship. As the highest-selling celebrity memoir in history, The Woman In Me provides a platform for Britney's voice to be heard and invites a critical examination of the treatment of women within her family and the effects of a restrictive guardianship.